A cruel bailiff with several guards and a wagon is here to collect taxes.
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Fantasy Farmland Encounters
Farmland encounters might be farmers inviting the group to join them for a feast, a group of bandits supported by the locals or people gathering to sing to the crops. There might a distressed cow caught in deep mud or a nest of angry wasps.
A place of fields full of crops, rolling hills grazed by goats, scattered villages and outlying farmsteads. A place of gloomy farmers, talkative shepherds, carefree pedlars and maybe a halfling herbalist.
10 Farmland Encounter Prompts
|10 Farmland Encounter Prompts
|A patrol of militia is passing through, checking rumours of a monster.
|A finely dressed scholar and their large bodyguard are asking about old stories. The locals are wildly speculating on who they really are.
|A family of farmers is heading to a nearby farm where a special bread has been baked. Invite group along to join a traditional feast.
|A fortune teller's tent has a queue of locals wanting advice.
|A wandering minstrel has a colourful cloak many tales. They are here to take part in a ritual where the locals sing to the crops.
|A group of cunning bandits is supported by the locals and watches for an opportunity to ambush (or swindle) the group.
|A cruel bailiff with several guards and a wagon is here to collect taxes.
|A pair of giants are trying to be stealthy, as they are planning on stealing cows. Are carrying trees they try to hide behind.
|A powerful mage has bought some land and is currently surveying it. Knows little of farming but has retired here for peaceful life.
|A mounted noble with servants and guards searches for old ruins.
Farmland Hazards and Distractions
|There is (or are)...
|a field of burning crops or a nest of angry wasps
| something out of place here...
d10 (1-2. an ornate statue 3. an advertisement 4. an observatory
5. a pavilion tent 6. an armoured wagon 7. a baby in a basket
8. a dinosaur 9. a lost tourist 10. stack of books )
|heavy rain and risk of flooding or a pair of thieving magpies
|a distressed cow (or pony) caught in a hole (or deep mud)
| there is the strong smell of ...
d10 (1-2. manure 3. cider 4. something burning 5. dead animals
6. flowers 7. rotten fruit 8. lemons 9. hay 10. cooking meat)
|unusually hot (or cold) weather or a temporary local market
|stampede of farm animals or glowing lights on a nearby hillside
| sounds of ...
d10 (1-2. a heated dispute 3. a hunt 4. distressed animals 5. music
6. thunder 7. wolves 8. a celebration 9. bellowing animals 10. a bell)
|a sign warning of dogs or strong winds and hail
|a strange and unique local festival involving cheese (or bees)
Quick Farmland NPCs
|gloomy or dwarf
|has family everywhere
|halfling or serene
|has a gift for a character
|friendly or grumpy
|has an old war wound (or dog)
|lycanthrope or ragged
|talks about leylines (or faeries)
|vulgar or faerie
|offers them homemade drinks
|carefree or elderly
|is looking for work (or revenge)
|restless or beast-kin
|loves gossip (or bad jokes)
|half-human or rugged
|is in league with local bandits
|quarrelsome or elf
|always talks in terms of weather
|talkative or humble
|is with a herd of goats (or pigs)